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Old 06-18-2021, 01:37 PM   #1
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Flat towing newbie

I just bought a 1993 Fleetwood - Pace Arrow
It has the Ford F53 chassis with the 460 engine
I'm looking to flat tow a vehicle from MI to FL and back.
I've found several options near me. I think I want to go with manual transmission vehicle.
I've got options:
- 2010 Ford Focus, manual
- 2007 Saturn Ion, manual
- 2001 Toyota Echo, manual
Are any of these better/worse than others? I have wife+2 kids
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We towed a 2001 manual Echo for 70,000 miles. Light, comfortable, never a problem.

With non-alcohol gas, it got 35 mpg in town, and 43 on the highway - good for the sight seeing from base camp. Decent back seat, big trunk, surprising headroom.
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We had the Toyota echo, put 150,000 miles on it and gave it to my son who put on another 160,000 miles. Never towed it but if they still made the echo we would not hesitate.
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Any of the vehicles will do fine. Do not forget to install a brake system and break away system to the dinghy. This is required in most states.

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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

I've never owned either of the three, but I would choose Toyota because of it's reputation for quality. JMHO

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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